honestly, by this point it seems the wisdom of all the previous threads where the asker eventually gives up stands true..
even in my case, where i would be able to get it to the destination cost-free (both in terms of transit and customs/fees) the huge issue of warranty is the nail in the coffin for this idea.
I could get a good compromise US-TV for around $900 now which would suit all my needs for roughly a year, then probably just use it for nothing but gaming/streaming from pc. But then again I will have to buy ANOTHER brand new tv for the local channels (which will be important for wife to learn the new language of the country..)
OR I could get a multi-system TV for around $2000 which will have a year long warranty, meaning if it breaks on the 13th month of use (which has happened to my expensive headphones, sound system and many other devices!) I will be stuck with a TV with a complex system in a country where it will be impossible to get it repaired for a reasonable amount.
Once again thank you for your replies and patience with me, I gave up on my quest and will keep using my 40'' sony until I move next year